Judiciary seeks court interpreters


The state Judiciary is seeking individuals who speak English and another language to become court interpreters.

Applications are now being accepted for the next state court interpreter orientation workshop to be hosted on each of the major islands in February and March. Completion of the two-day workshop is one of the mandatory requirements to become a court interpreter for the Hawaii State Judiciary.

Certified sign language interpreters are also encouraged to apply.

The two-day orientation workshop will be March 5-6 in Kona and March 20-21 in Hilo.

In addition to successfully completing the orientation workshop, people wanting to become a state court interpreter must pass a written English proficiency exam and court interpreter ethics exam and clear a criminal background check.

Court interpreters work on a freelance basis as independent contractors in cases when parties or witnesses are unable to hear, understand, speak or use English sufficiently. Depending on their performance on written and oral exams, court interpreters are paid between $25 to $55 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

Registration deadline is Jan. 30. The workshop registration fee is $95. Registration forms are available on the Judiciary’s website and at the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at (808) 539-4860.

 

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